See also: liquor

English edit

Etymology edit

Unadapted borrowing from French liqueur. Doublet of liquor.

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Noun edit

liqueur (countable and uncountable, plural liqueurs)

  1. A flavoured alcoholic beverage that is usually very sweet and contains a high percentage of alcohol.

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Verb edit

liqueur (third-person singular simple present liqueurs, present participle liqueuring, simple past and past participle liqueured)

  1. to flavor or treat (wine) with a liqueur
  2. to top up bottles of sparkling wine with a sugar solution
    Every champagne has to be liqueured after its disgorgement, to replace the inevitable loss.

French edit

Etymology edit

Borrowed from Latin liquor.

Pronunciation edit

Noun edit

liqueur f (plural liqueurs)

  1. alcoholic liqueur
  2. (literary) drinkable liquid
  3. (Canada) fizzy drink, pop
  4. (obsolete) liquid
  5. (Louisiana) liquor

Usage notes edit

  • Liqueur and liquor are false friends: French liqueur never applies to alcoholic drinks in general.
  • The Quebec use of the term is frequently targeted as an anglicism (from liquor), even though the meaning ("non-alcoholic drink") is older and has little connection to either English term.

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Descendants edit

  • Greek: λικέρ (likér)
  • Romanian: lichior
  • Russian: ликёр (likjór)
  • Serbo-Croatian: liker / ликер

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Romanian edit

Noun edit

liqueur n (plural liqueururi)

  1. Obsolete form of lichior.

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References edit

  • liqueur in Academia Română, Micul dicționar academic, ediția a II-a, Bucharest: Univers Enciclopedic, 2010. →ISBN